A&P Got a cheap Opteka battery grip for my XSi. If you don't have a grip, get one now.

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  1. MawcDrums

    MawcDrums Active Member

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    Amazon.com for $79.99 including 2 batteries, a mini tripod, screen protectors, cleaning kit, wireless remote.

    I'm extremely satisfied with the build quality of this grip..

    The shutter button feels almost exactly the same, the only difference is the second click, the actual shutter releasing.. The auto focus "bump" feels the same, but the actual shutter release isn't as much of a "snap" or "click" as the normal button, it feels a bit softer or something..

    The wheel is a bit less snappy too, it's just barely noticeable, but it definitely doesn't effect the performance or usage of it..


    The camera feels 100X easier to hold and balance with my flash attached now. The camera was so top heavy before (and that's without a big lens) with the flash on, it was so exhausting to hold it.. Now it's awesome.

    Here's the pics (Sorry about the crappy quality, they were taken with my Canon PowerShot A590.. which is a huge POS)

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    Packaging was kinda cheesy, but it was protected and packed well..

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    It totally changes the feel and look of the camera.

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    I have very big hands, and if you look at this shot you can see in the normal grip, my ring finger and pinky finger aren't even on the camera.. They just float underneath the body.. But, with the grip, they have a place to rest, and I can tell you that it's an amazing feeling to have such a hold on the camera now.. it's so much more stable in my hands.

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    This is a nice advantage too, not having to angle your wrist or whole arm at obscure angles to take portrait oriented shots.

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    Another cool thing is that it doesn't say Opteka ANYWHERE on the grip.. Someone looking at it would find no clues of it being a 3rd party brand unless they were 100% familiar with the Canon grip already.

    Here's a comparison of the shutter buttons on the grip, then the normal camera body.

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    There's definitely some differences in design, but the location and essential functions of the buttons remain the same...

    Overall for the price of everything, I'm EXTREMELY satisfied. :bowdown::bowdown:

    If you don't have a grip on your camera, get one, it's a whole different camera now.
     
  2. SkiMax

    SkiMax OT Supporter

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    Yeah I got the Nikon grip for my D90 and portrait shooting is so amazing now, My hand used to get tired holding it sideways and the grip make sit allll better :)
     
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    Nice, How much is a canon grip vs this grip? I want one
     
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    I agree, my hand gets tired and I end up shooting kinda slanted by mistake lol
     
  5. MawcDrums

    MawcDrums Active Member

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    That's another thing.. horizons have all been level since I got this thing :bowdown:

    This grip was $69.99 for just the grip and the batteries, vs the Canon BG-E5 which is $115 WITHOUT the batteries (and the extra batteries are like $40)
     
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    Damn, im sold where did you get it?

    edit: didnt read the first part lol I just saw amazon.
     
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    I had that same grip for my XSI last year. It's kind of cool but the battery door latch sucked and the wheel was terrible compared to the one on the camera body.

    I don't really understand grips anymore though... if you have a rebel, it's for the compactness of the body, right? So why make it bulkier by adding extra material?
     
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    hmm may have to look getting it for my 50d
     
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    The grips for my Sony's were ~$300 without batteries. They do have more features than the canon, but still steep! I can't imagine using a camera without one. It balances the camera nicely and lessens the fatigue after long shoots.
     
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    I might be willing to sell my 50D grip.
    It's canon brand that I bought new from Amazon.
    It's on my backup camera so I barely use it. Comes with box and warranty card.
     
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    MawcDrums Active Member

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    I have a rebel for cost reasons. Not for size reasons ;p
     
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    I have a grip but I never actually shoot with that shutter button.
    I mostly have it for balance and extra weight.
     
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    Pepsi1975 Mod of the Year

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    no batteries correct?
     
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    ditto
     
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    I'm trying to trade my bg-e2 for some strobist stuff if you're looking and have anything to trade :wavey:
     
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    Pepsi1975 Mod of the Year

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    I have been out of the slr camera game a long time, the 50d is my first dslr, I used to shoot slr, with the elan 7e was the last one I bought, so I have nothing to trade :rofl:
     
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    ive had the canon grip for my XT for years now. its great. i bought aftermarket batteries with it and now they only last for a handful of shots before draining (both of them)

    my single original canon battery lasts all day in the grip. just because theres two battery slots doesnt mean you have to use both.
     
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    Fair enough. :cool:
     
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    It's 111 for the Canon on Amazon...69.95 for the Opteka w/ 2 batteries. I have the Opteka and can't imagine not having it. My XSi feels so much more balanced with long lenses, and it doesn't look like a toy camera anymore. :rofl:



    Ditto on having the rebel for cost reasons...if I could I'd have a 50d or a 7d, but I figured I should start with the Rebel, buy glass, and then upgrade the body. So far I've been quite pleased.
     
  21. MawcDrums

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    Same boat as I'm in... I'd love to have a 7D... that's absolutely my next step, but I have to take baby steps :)
     
  22. Bob Loblaw

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    i hated the feel of the grip on my 50d
    which is odd because i loved it on the 20d

    it just felt clunky, and always in the way :hs:
    whereas the 1d feels perfect
     
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    I can't imagine the grip on my 7d, as is this mofo is already pretty fucking bulky and heavy

    on a rebel... shit yes
     
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    but i do like that you can have the 50mm on there with flash and the camera doesn't tip over... i did that the other night and it flipped right over
     
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    grips ftw

    especially with the tiny rebel bodies
     

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